One common mistake is putting too much importance on proximity to the adult child’s
home or workplace. When parents are settled in a comfortable community where they are engaged and secure, family visits typically occur weekly.
We recommend focusing on your parents’ best interests rather than worrying about a few miles of driving on a Sunday. The ideal choice is the one Mom and Dad feel best about and is most in line with their needs.
Another mistake is failing to look into the future. Some seniors choose lovely retirement communities, but are forced to move because of changes in their health status. Choosing an option that offers a full continuum of care means your parents could avoid another costly, potentially disruptive move.
The impact of social isolation is another issue that’s often overlooked. Park Springs members consistently say that their favorite part of living in the community is the people. Living in a large house can be lonely and isolating, especially if they’re no longer driving or if neighbors have moved or passed away.
Research shows that relationships and enrichment are vital to seniors’ health and happiness. Although it can be hard to leave a home one has loved and cared for, our Members say the decision to do so was the best one they ever made. Getting rid of clutter and surrendering home maintenance duties can reduce stress and add joy to daily living.
Your parents want to maintain control of their health, their lives and their independence. Rather than try to take away that control, help them hold on to it. With a little assistance and the proper environment, most people can remain independent to a quite advanced age.
A decision brings security and peace of mind.
Finding the right retirement residence can be challenging for aging parents and their families. But once it’s made, the right decision brings relief and peace of mind. It also brings a sense of hopefulness about a secure future. And it gives adult children the satisfaction of having contributed to their parents’ wellbeing.